Donatella’s red Il Drago wags its tail
After the success obtained by “Il Drago e le 8 Colombe” 2007, now the best vintage of the century is about to go on sale, 2010, and Donatella Cinelli Colombini expects a result with a bang
Written by Donatella Cinelli Colombini
The 2010 harvest launches a new phase for the young estate belonging to Donatella. The vineyards become the protagonists and all the staff works for them trying to emphasize the specificity of the land and the climate. As if nature were to direct a melody and the grape growers together with the cellar staff were to play it without ever trying to change it to their own liking. Never any concessions to the fashion to the market …..never. It is nature that composes the music. Obviously there is the need for a great conductor and this is just what Valérie Lavigne is. A woman with extraordinary sensibility and an immense passion for Italian grape varieties. In the “Il Drago e le 8 Colombe” IGT she has used Sagrantino (together with Sangiovese and Merlot), this is the king of varieties in Umbria, a region which is only 18 km from Fattoria del Colle. The Sagrantino grown on the Tuscan side of the Val di Chiana has more “gentle “character still though maintaining the richness in extracts which distinguish it.
The 2010 harvest is the best that man can remember. The perfect harvest.
Could Donatella’s new style wines have a better launching? Everyone hopes in even better results than those obtained with the previous vintage, the 2007, which was chosen by the British Columbia monopoly and has obtained great results from the press and in its extraordinary sales.
Type: dry red.
Production area: Tuscany, Trequanda, Fattoria del Colle,
Classification: IGT Toscana Rosso.
Vintage characteristics: very rainy winter and spring. Thanks to the abundance of water stored underground the vines resisted well the very hot month of July and the hot month of August. The colouring of the grapes was a long process because of the lack of hydro-.stress which usually starts of the process. The last phase of the vegetative cycle was on the other hand very rapid and the harvest which was foreseen for October, took place in September. The acidity stayed high regardless of the proceeding ripeness, with a high component of malic acid. At the moment of the harvest the grape seeds were totally lignified.
Grape variety: Sangiovese (the same clone used for the Brunello) 60%, Merlot 20%, Sagrantino 20%.
Grape harvest: The best grapes came from the more adult vines with deep roots.
Vinification: in temperature controlled stainless steel vats, with pumping-overs concentrated between the 3rd and 6th day.
Ageing: 18 months in French oak tonneaux.
Colour: dark ruby red.
Aroma: fine full, complex with net perfumes of ripe small red fruits.
Taste: full, harmonious, intense, persistent, well balanced tannins. The particular spicy
note comes from the Sagrantino, the softness from the Merlot and the elegance form the Sangiovese. The alcohol content balances a solid acid and polyphenolic structure with a very pleasant and powerful effect.
Matching dishes: Extremely versatile, well matched with Chinese, Indian Russian dishes…. as long as tasty and with little fat.
Way of serving: This is a wine for great occasions. Serve at room temperature (18-20°C) in clear crystal balloon shaped wine goblets.
Home ageing: apt for 25 years ageing and more. Keep the bottles lying down in a dark and cool place. Have the corks changed in Donatella Cinelli Colombini’s winery around the year 2024.